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Modern baby boy names

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Contemporary baby names for boys

If you are looking for a baby boy name that is trendsetting and unique, you will love our list of modern baby boy names. By taking a look at baby name trends, we bring you boy names that are cutting edge and forward thinking.

Are you looking for a modern and unique baby boy name? The most popular boy name of the year is Jacob (for the 14th year in a row!), while Mason nabs the second place spot, with Ethan, Noah and William rounding out the top five. If you want a more unique, yet totally cool, boy name, this list is for you.

Last names as first names

Using a traditional "last" name, such as Smith, for a first name is a modern baby name trend. Names that sound traditional as a last name bring on new life when used as a first name. Pay attention to last names and you will be surprised how many would make cool and modern sounding first names. Here are some examples:

Cute (yet totally cool) baby boy names

We love the following baby boy names, because they are cute -- yet totally cool with a bit of an edge. Many of these names are easy to spell and pronounce, yet are not at the top of the baby name lists making them overused (ahem, Jacob).

Boy names with X & Z

Once the ignored or forgotten letters of the alphabet, X and Z have emerged as the "cool kids" when it comes to baby boy names. Not only are there many modern boy names with the letters X or Z, but you can also make a traditional name more modern by adding these letters, such as changing Jack to Jax. Many celebrities have gotten in on this trend, including Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (sons Maddox, Pax and Knox) and Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz (son Bronx).

Here are our top picks for modern boy names with the letters x or z:

Boy names ahead of their time

You won't find many modern boy names on the top of popular baby name lists because these names are forward thinking and ahead of their time. The Social Security Administration has determined that the boy names Brantley, Iker, Maximiliano, Zaiden and Kamden have all made the biggest jump up the baby name lists. Want more boy names ahead of their time? Here are some modern boy names that are nowhere near the top of popular baby name lists, but we predict will be in the future.

What is your favorite modern baby name?

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